§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many young persons aged 18 years and under there are in (a) Solihull and (b) Stretford who have never had a job; and if, in each case, he will provide comparable figures for 1979 and 1978.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
[pursuant to his reply, 28 October 1980, c. 141–3]: The following table gives the numbers of registered unemployed young people aged 18 years and under who, at 11 September 1980—the latest date for which information is readily available—had not been in employment since completing full-time education. Corresponding information is given for 13 September 1979 and 14 September 1978.
ployment since completing full-time education. Corresponding information is given for 13 September 1979 and 14 September 1978.
Work experience and training opportunities will be available for these young people under the youth opportunities programme, which the Secretary of State announced on 14 February would be expanded this year in order to admit over a quarter of a million young people throughout the country by next March.
The figures relate to the areas covered by the employment offices which most closely correspond to the parliamentary constituencies specified.